2009-03-31

Facebook Follies

Pre-Stalking:

A while back, I wrote about Facebook Diamonds it's about worlds colliding:

Imagine 4 people sitting around a table. Everyone knows the person to their left and right, but no one knows the person across from them.

Well, a blogger recently looked me up on Facebook after reading that story. Not really that difficult, since my name, picture, and city are sitting RIGHT OVER THERE on the sidebar. But what really tipped them off, and what rocked their world was the phrase written next to my picture. "You have 1 mutual friend."

Disney's "It's a Small World After All" must have been ringing in their brain. Our link wasn't another blogger. It was a guy I know from college. Someone they know from home. Creeped their shit out a little. It was like I "pre-stalked" them.

6° of Scope-aration my ass.

Too old for Facebook:

Saturday I was out in the burbs getting my oil changed and hanging with old friends ("the Blond" and her husband). She's been to the blog a few times. And we talked about my planned trip to Seattle. Then we started talking about Facebook. She mentioned that her husband's 72 year old aunt had asked them to join Facebook. Then she looked at my mobile FB account, and knew only about 40 of the contacts (including 2 of her 3 college roommates). There was more than one, “oh!” moment as different names and faces passed by.

I now give her 2 weeks to join.

24 comments:

Cora said...

She'll be there. :-)

Sass said...

I'm losing my facebook addiction. I still update my status, from my phone, but I rarely actually look at the site.

Ooh, except for quizzes. I loves me some stupid quizzes.

*End pointless comment*

Cora said...

And what's all this "too old for facebook" crap? My Dad and Step-mom are on fb and they're in their 60's. Okay, so he can't figure out fb by himself... and so he shares her account... so when I'm fb'ing with them I never know which one of them I'm talking to... and that gets awkward... and they have no fb friends except family... and they panic if I send them quizzes and tags and stuff... but, still, "too old"? Nah!

Cowguy said...

I think it quenches everyone's desire to catch up on old friends... without getting personal and actually having to speak to 'em. lol

I spend 30 minutes or so on facebook every night. It's the voyeur in me I guess.

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

I like Cowguy's take on Facebook. If ever I were to join, that'd be the reason: so that I don't have to talk to those people.

Robot Nine said...

Scope, my best friend from high school recently e-mailed me and now follows Robot Nine and when I get back home we are gonna hang out. Cool.

I have yet to join Facebook but it is in my plans. Great for meeting folks, remeeting old friends, and promoting your blog and such. Too old, yeah right. She'll be so on there soon. I despise that ageist thinking!

We are on Twitter now, if I don't get kicked off for my age.

The Jesus meteorite should pop up on RN about 11 AM with a tag to you.

Thanks,
Alan

Sassy Britches said...

My mom has MySpace, and she'll be 63 in two weeks. I love it!

I'm with Sass, though. Since I started blogging, FB and MySpace have gone out the window. I can't be bothered to be flinging sheep at people when I'm reading or writing blogs. Maybe every few days I remember to update my status. I'm a baaaaad FB friend.

Scope said...

I used the phrase, "lightly in touch" with her.

There are people on there that I email or IM with routinely.

There are people I haven't heard "boo" from since we friended.

Callista said...

I stopped loving face book when my mom who is almost 70 signed up. Thankfully she hasn't found me yet!

SkylersDad said...

My world will be a bit better if I never receive another Little Green Patch request...

Morgan the Muse said...

That would be rather scary.

Fancy Schmancy said...

After the eulogist at my cousin's funeral last week mentioned my cousin's 25 things about me on FaceBook, my 70 year old aunt and cousin signed on and friended me. I thought that was pretty cool of them since they can barely figure out email...

Chaka said...

I think it's great for catching up with old friends and seeing what people are up to, but I'm not a fan of keeping up on everyone's boring daily details. That's what blogs are for!

J.J. in L.A. said...

I hate Facebook! I joined because some Myspace friends were heading over there. Grade and high school 'friends' also found me but after the inital "hello", nada.

A good friend recently found me but we just send messages. Throwing sheep? I'm not 12. I just don't 'get' the place...and don't really care to. I'm a Myspace girl at heart.

Cora said...

@Callista: Ohhhh, now that I know that I'm soooo going to friend your Mom!! Hee hee hee. Don't even try to talk me out of it either. I don't care what horror stories you tell me, I still adore your mom! Is her boyfriend on there too?!

And, as an extra perk, think how jealous MY mom will be when she finds out I'm friends with YOUR mom! MWHAHAHAHA!!!! I'll get much, much evil mileage out of this. It'll be brilliant, just watch. ;-)

I would tell you you can retaliate by friending my mom behind my back, but, please, she'll NEVER be on facebook. She doesn't even email yet. If you wanna be her friend you're going to have to do it the old fashioned way. Maybe you two could polish her spoon collection together or look at pictures of the bratty grandkids or something. Enjoy! (ha ha!)

Candy's daily Dandy said...

some of us oldie but goodies have yet to be bitten by the fb bug. Or the twitter bug. I noticed Zibsy has started twittering.

Callista said...

@ Cora!! I hate you and I am deleting my facebook account immediately!
PS don't be surprised to find me downstairs having tea with your mom and telling her all of your dirty secrets! snicker!

Cora said...

@ Callista: Pffft! I'll just tell my mom you're drunk.

Scope said...

Now, now. If your going to fight, don your Princess Leia slave girl bikini's and settle this in a vat of banana pudding like proper ladies. :-)

Cora said...

May I substitute chocolate pudding?

Callista said...

@ Scope, I just fell off my chair, where's the hubby when I want him to see something that is ACTUALLY funny?!? Too bad you aren't coming to town this weekend, you could see all the slave leia's you want! ahhhh....you actually produced a tear.
@ Cora, hmmmm NEVER been drunk in my life so if she falls for that well..... besides your mom ALWAYS believes me. =o)

Scope said...

Callista - The key to good humor is knowing your audience.

Just because I haven't commented doesn't mean I haven't been reading. :-)

Callista said...

Yeah, I know I have A LOT of lurkers over at my blog who don't comment, in fact two of my good friends read it and never comment, but then when I talk to them something always slips out in conversation.

And hey, the StarWars thing is NOT any secret... I married one of the biggest StarWars geeks around and I am not sorry for it!

struckbyserendipity said...

My grandpa joined FB a few weeks ago. He has more friends that I do. ...I think he had over 100 in the first week. I don't even know that many people!